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Rene Hofer Ties-Up Red Bull KTM MX2 Contract Until 2022

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing are pleased to announce a two-year contract extension with FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship rookie Rene Hofer.

The 18-year old Austrian will steer the factory KTM 250 SX-F for the 2021 and 2022 Grand Prix seasons.

Hofer was drafted into the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team for 2020 after showing promise through the EMX European Championship ranks with the KTM 125 SX and the KTM 250 SX-F in the EMX125 and EMX250 divisions. Rene impressed with his maturity, work ethic and strong mentality and brought those characteristics into the beginning of the 2020 Grand Prix campaign where he captured two top five finishes in four motos before the season was halted.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªve been with KTM for about a decade now and every time I step into the company, I feel like I‰Ûªm in the right place." Hofer said. "It‰Ûªs only my first year with the factory team but it already feels like home and it‰Ûªs a pleasure to work and spend time with the guys and achieve our goals together.

"All I can say is that I am super-excited about what the next two years will bring and I will enjoy every minute of it. From my side, I will obviously put in maximum effort and I know everybody in the team will do the same. Working together with an Austrian brand will hopefully have a positive effect on Austrian motorsport as well.

"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to live my dream but I can‰Ûªt forget to give-it-up to all the people who helped me get here, especially my family.‰Û
So far Hofer has shown encouraging signs of continuing KTM‰Ûªs powerful lineage in the MX2 class
So far Hofer has shown encouraging signs of continuing KTM‰Ûªs powerful lineage in the MX2 class.

The manufacturer has owned the category 12 times in the last 16 years; including every season since 2008, with the exception of 2015. Eight different racers have earned the #1 plate while riding the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 250 SX-F.

‰ÛÏRene came into the factory team pretty close under the microscope, but we were thrilled to see how he responded to winter training and preparation and then how he adjusted to the speed of MX2 right away." Robert Jonas, VP Offroad KTM AG comented.

"He made a few good wildcard appearances in 2019 so he was able to see a little bit of what was in store for 2020 and then adapted well to the demands of being a factory rider. His career keeps progressing and we‰Ûªre excited to continue that journey together. Hopefully the FIM World Championship can begin again soon and both Rene and Tom can continue to learn and develop.‰Û

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